Strawberry Moon Appears Tonight: Here's Who Will Have the Best View

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Like numerous names for full moons, this one dates back to Native Americans, in this case to the Algonquin, the first native peoples encountered by European settlers in the New World. It's been dubbed the Strawberry Moon because of the season when berries ripen.

Astronomically, there isn't anything remarkable about tonight's full moon.

The bright object you may see close to the moon will be Saturn. When this happens, the Moon will not completely disappear from view under the shadow, it does however, take on a deep red, nearly burnt orange colour.

June's full moon is called the Strawberry Moon because it signaled to some Native American tribes that it was the time of year to gather ripening strawberries, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac. However, that is not the best time to look at it.

If skies are clear Wednesday night, go outside and look up. They usually named a full moon based on some significant event that occurred around that time.

The moon will officially rise at 8:48 p.m.in Western Washington, though you'll need to allow 5-10 minutes for the moon to be visible above the Cascades. The moonlight travels through more of Earth's atmosphere typically giving the moon a yellow/orange color. Or, if you're on the West Coast, 9:53 p.m. PT on Wednesday. The higher your observation point, and the fewer buildings and cloud are obstructing the horizon, the sooner you'll see it.

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It will rise in the east after sunset.

When Is the Next Full Moon?

Not only will skywatchers be able to see the Strawberry Moon, but Saturn will also be visible.

This eclipse will be the longest in this century and is expected to last for more than 100 minutes.

"Sometimes called an apogean full moon, or micro-moon or mini-moon, this smaller and slower-moving full moon takes more time to cross the Earth's shadow than does a full moon that's closer to Earth and moving faster in orbit", McClure said.

However, those in North America do not have long to wait because the next Blood Moon is on January 20, 2019.

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